Our Media Officer Andrew Fagg has just written a delightful reminiscence about dairy farming in Wensleydale which has been published in the Yorkshire Post’s farming section. We particularly love the quotes from Wensleydale dialect poet John Thwaite (1873-1941) which he has unearthed as proof of how central to local lives the dairy cow was last century.
Lines like this description of a ‘bonny rooan’ cow being auctioned at Hawes Market:
“Says Edwin ‘Who says sixty – a jingler that,’ says he
As long as a wet week, wi’ bag an’ tit for all to see.”